Free Shipping on ALL Products
camera reviewsbest cameraslens reviewsphotography tipscamera forumvideo toursphotography bookssupport me
It is currently Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:15 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:30 pm 
Where to focus when I include a person in front of the sunrise or sunset


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:31 pm 
Offline
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:08 pm
Posts: 7924
Location: Germany
Hello avniel, and welcome to the friendly Camera Labs forum!
To enjoy your stay here please have a look at the house-rules!
----
The answer is pretty clear:
Focus on the person if that is the subject of your image. And the backdrop look be even better when it is a bit unsharp.
Or focus to infinity if the person is not the major subject but the sunset and you use the person just to lead into the image or give some perspective.

_________________
Thomas (beware: Nikon-fanboy and moderator!) My Lens Reviews, My Pictures, My Photography Blog
D800+assorted lenses


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:59 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:27 am
Posts: 528
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
I think avniel may be referring to metering problems - ie spot/weighted metering from the background or subject with getting either a dark subject/nice background or the subject properly exposed/bright background.

If this is the case, the adjusting the exposure compensation (EV) and/or using some fill flash could help.

If this is the problem then tell us which camera you're using and people may be able to help you more.

_________________
http://www.flickr.com/photos/53061745@N02/

Panasonic G3: 9-18mm, 14mm, 20mm, 45mm


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:56 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:13 pm
Posts: 246
Location: Slovakia
Well, if metering is the problem, i would shoot in manual, its easier than to argue with some Ai in the camera. Shoot one to take metering, view histogram, switch to manual and set properties from previous picture with respect to histogram. Also try fill in flash.

but if focusing is the problem, pop flash out so it can blink to help autofocus decide proper focus.

_________________
I'm new to DSLR's, so please be patient and take my opinions with reserve. Thank you : ) Yes, i am Canon man.
Image Google + Image My picasa photos Image My 500px album
Canon 60D + 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS, Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS II, Canon 430EXII, polarizing filter 72mm,
Canon AT-1, 50mm FD F1.8
Canon A430,


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:52 pm 
I want to know, is it best to focus on the person or on the skys?


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:53 pm 
I'm using Nikon D3100 if someone can help how to setup the camera for this purpose


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:53 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:13 pm
Posts: 246
Location: Slovakia
If you are asking this kind of question, mode A will help you.

_________________
I'm new to DSLR's, so please be patient and take my opinions with reserve. Thank you : ) Yes, i am Canon man.
Image Google + Image My picasa photos Image My 500px album
Canon 60D + 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS, Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS II, Canon 430EXII, polarizing filter 72mm,
Canon AT-1, 50mm FD F1.8
Canon A430,


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2012 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.
/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs

Webdesign by Alphabase IT
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group